In 2012, a partnership between 32 First Nations Schools and the University of New Brunswick's Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP) set out with the vision to increase the capacity of teachers, parents, and volunteers to help ensure all Indigenous children become confident readers and learners.
The Confident Learners program is a direct result of this collaboration, initially supported by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). Its implementation and ongoing development is supported by an Indigenous Advisory Circle and our researchers, program developers and educators at The Learning Bar, a Canadian company devoted to evidence-informed teaching practice.
We are grateful to the advisors, administrators, literacy and education experts, and teachers who have been committed to realizing this vision for their students. We also thank each of our present-day leaders and teachers, who continue on this journey with us, and we look forward to future generations of confident teachers and learners.
An unprecedented initiative
Confident Learners is the only program of its kind to be built with and for Indigenous educators and children. We aim to honour each of the contributors who continue to build upon this important work. Click here to view a list of research initiative contributors.Map of founding members